They spend their days working with extreme heat, so why not treat a welder to one of these red hot welding gifts.
My Top Gift Choice For Welders
Welding can be a rewarding career, both in terms of job satisfaction and salary, but it's definitely not for the faint-hearted.
As a welder will need to work with dangerous tools and materials, sometimes in cramped and awkward environments, and at temperatures where burns are common place.
So if you have a welder in the family, how about getting them a little gift to help them with their work.
As there are plenty of items that a welder would appreciate receiving, such as things to keep them safe and tools to make the job easier.
And to help you choose something suitable, I've put together the following list of gift ideas for welders that contains a wide selection of great options.
1. A Pair Of Welding Gloves
One of the most important piece of PPE equipment in a welders kit bag are their gloves, as these will protect them against heat, sparks, and spatter, as well as cuts, electrical shocks, and abrasion as they work.
So getting a welder a new pair of welding work gloves is our first gift idea on this list.
However, it's vital they have the right pair for the type of welding they do, whether that be MIG, TIG, or stick, so you'll need to know this first to make the right choice.
But for a great pair of gloves for a MIG welder you could check out the Tillman 50L MIG welding gloves.
2. A Tig Finger Heat Shield For Added Protection
Another cool gift idea for a welder that will add even more heat protection to their gloves is to get them a Tig Finger heat shield.
This is a strip of fiberglass cloth that they can fit over their welding finger that allows them to withstand the heat for longer.
So it's great for helping them do longer welds and not have to keep stopping to give their finger and knuckles a break.
And it's really smooth too, so they can slide their finger up and down the metal easily.
3. Flame Resistant Shirts To Weld Safely In
Welders need to wear clothes that cover up every inch of skin so they don't get burnt by the stray sparks and spatter.
However, they also need to be careful that the material of their clothes won't be at risk of catching fire.
So a gift they will love you for is if you get them some flame resistant shirts to wear as they weld.
And for ones that are perfect for welders, check out the Bulwark Excel FR work shirts, which are fully buttoned up, made from 100% cotton, and come in a range of colours.
4. A Flame Resistant Jacket For Cold Conditions
Even though you are working with extreme heat as a welder, sometimes this has to be done in extremely cold conditions.
So another gift that a welder will get plenty of use from is a flame resistant work jacket, with our choice being the Bulwark Excel FR ComforTouch bomber jacket.
As this will keep them warm and fully covered, keeping them safe from any potential burns and hazards, while also looking pretty cool too.
5. A Welding Cap To Protect Their Head, Ears, And Neck
Welding caps are super handy things to wear to give a welder cushioning under their hood, and also to protect their head, neck, and ears from flying sparks and other nasty stuff.
So they make for a fantastic gift that can help to keep a welder safer while working.
And while there is a big selection to go for in terms of design and different brands, one that we like is the Welder Nation 8 panel welding cap.
As this is durable, covers everything you need it to, and comes in a range of sizes to fit every welders head just right.
6. Flame Resistant And Durable Work Pants
The final item of protective clothing that a welder will need to stay safe and comfortable on the job is a pair of flame resistant work pants.
As they will need to be able to withstand the sparks and spatter that will be spraying all over the front of them when welding without burning.
And a pair you could get for a welder as a gift are the Carhartt flame resistant washed duck work pants.
As these won't let them down, no matter how hot it gets in the shop.
7. A Welders Hood To Protect Their Eyes And Face
A welders hood is the most important and necessary piece of PPE kit they can wear.
As it protects their face and eyes from red hot sparks and spatter, as well as protecting them from harmful infrared and UV rays which can impair their vision.
So every welder needs a top quality hood to use if they want to stay safe and healthy, and getting them one is a really thoughtful and generous gift idea.
With a great choice being the Lincoln Electric Viking welding helmet, which has a large, clear field of view, an auto darkening lens for shade 5-13 protection, and a comfortable fit.
And the great news for gift givers is these helmets come in a range of styles, themes, and designs, so you can get them one that fits their interests and tastes.
8. Safety Glasses To Wear Under Their Hood
While a welders hood will protect the face and eyes 99% of the time, sometimes the odd spark or spatter can get in underneath the helmet.
Which means many welding shops require their welders to also wear protective glasses underneath their hood to guard against any damage in the rare case this happens.
So a really useful gift idea for a professional welder is to get them a pack of welding safety glasses they can wear under their hood when at work.
With the Jackson Safety V30 Nemesis safety glasses 12-pack being a fantastic choice for this.
9. A Chipping Hammer For Removing Slag And Spatter
Every welder needs a good quality chipping hammer for cleaning and removing slag and spatter from welds.
So the Estwing Big Blue chipping hammer will be a gift they will welcome with open arms.
As not only does it do a great job of getting rid of slag, it also has an shock reducing grip which reduces impact vibrations by 70%.
10. A Pair Of MIG Welding Pliers
If your favourite welder is a MIG welder, then they'll need a trusty set of MIG pliers in their toolkit.
As these will be needed to loosen and tighten gas nozzles, loosening contact tips, and removing spatter from inside the gas nozzle, among other things.
So getting them a high quality pair, such as the Pearson MIG welding pliers, is a gift that is bound to go down a treat.
11. A Magnet Square To Get Their Angles Right
Welders rely on their magnets to hold metal in place so they can weld and cut accurately and easily.
And magnet that would make for a fantastic gift for a welder is the Strong Hand Tools Adjust-O magnet square.
As this gives them the option to hold at 45 and 90 degree angles, with an on/off switch that makes set up easy.
12. A Set Of Vise Grip C-Clamps
If you ask a welder what they always need more of, the answer would be clamps.
As these are used constantly to hold pieces of metal tightly together and in place when welding, and a welder will go through their fair share of them.
So getting them a set of Irwin Vise Grip 11-inch C-clamps would make for a lovely gift.
As these ones are particularly popular and useful for welders, being versatile, durable, and well made.
13. A Metal Marker To Show Them Where To Go
Marking out where you need to cut and weld on metal is obviously important when welding, which means a welder always needs metal marker pens.
So getting them the Markal Pro metal marker is a nice little stocking stuffer gift idea for a welder.
As this marks lines in silver that still show up clearly under the heat, meaning they'll know exactly where tehy should be cutting and welding.
14. A Welding Book That Covers All The Bases
No matter how experienced a welder you are, there is always more to know and learn.
So getting them the Audel Welding Pocket Reference book is a super useful gift idea.
As this is packed full of pretty much every piece of welding information they'll ever need, such as welding symbols and definitions, types of joints and welds, configurations, and charts.
So they'll have advice and help on any situation they find themselves in within their welding shop when they have one of these sitting around.
Welding is hot and heavy work that is both rewarding and challenging.
So if you have a welder in the family or among your friendship group, why not get them a gift to lighten their load a bit.
As there are so many things you can get them that will make their day easier and improve their welding experience.
And I hope you've managed to find something suitable among the list of gift ideas for welders that I've given you here.